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Party Monster Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
One is left wondering, whose story is this, anyway?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 7, 2003
In the end, for all the vibrancy, there's not much there there. Maybe that's the point, but I doubt it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
November 20, 2003
Fact-based story of drugs and death in "clubland" is boring and banal, failing in its attempt to shock and scandalize.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2003
Most will be turned off by the filmmakers' fatal attraction to the very excesses over which they supposedly are shaking their heads.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 8, 2003
[I] found the camera work to be very murky, the direction to be confused, the music go in the way of it instead of actually augmenting it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 24, 2003
An unpleasant, redundant drama that features perceptive acting from Green.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
December 15, 2003
Perhaps Party Monster's limited distribution will keep this clunker from interrupting Seth Green's rise to the top of the Hollywood food chain.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 13, 2003
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, who wrote and directed, think the way to make a movie about shallow, aimless lives descending into chaos is for the movie itself to be shallow, aimless, and to descend into chaos.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 24, 2003
There are many ways of depicting an innocent's descent into hell, but the camp approach is surely the least advisable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
September 4, 2003
'Party Monster' is so concerned with flash and style that it forgets to provide anything of substance to chew on and even the flash and style isn't anything we haven't seen before.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 17, 2003
It's a cinematic party, one long, strung-out bash that starts out as a novelty and turns into something resembling forced fun before morphing into a bummer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 13, 2003
"... equal parts freakish fashion show and tawdry melodrama of the rise and fall of a superficial celebrity."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 2, 2004
Culkin se esforça, mas não convence como o bissexual Michael Alig. Em contrapartida, Seth Green rouba o filme com sua ótima performance.
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 10, 2002
[A] muddled, sometimes touching movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
September 4, 2003
In the end you don't believe what you're watching, and you don't care.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 5, 2003
Culkin may be 24, but he still seems in the throes of the sort of awkward adolescence that dooms so many child stars.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 5, 2003
Both pointless and grotesque, it accomplishes nothing but the impossible: It makes the charismatic look merely tiresome, and dangerous decadence look deadly dull.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2003
This film feels fake, forced and indigestible.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2003
It takes some doing to make a potentially epic cultural moment seem smaller than life, but Bailey and Barbato have pulled it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 10, 2003
There is nothing remotely affecting about Party Monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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